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New Nordic research programme on gender balance

The Research Council of Norway will play a key role in a new research programme on gender balance in research and innovation established by NordForsk, the major Nordic research-funding organisation.

The name of the new programme is Solving the Nordic Gender Paradox: Gender Gaps in the Nordic Research and Innovation Area. The programme’s first call for proposals to be issued in January 2016 will include NOK 10 million in funding from the Research Council’s Programme on Gender Balance and Senior Positions in Research Management (BALANSE).

“We are facing a paradox: The Nordic countries have a high level of gender equality overall, but we do not fare better than the European average when it comes to gender equality in research,” says Jesper Simonsen, Executive Director of the Division for Society and Health at the Research Council. The Nordic region is just average
“We are facing a paradox: The Nordic countries have a high level of gender equality overall, but we do not fare better than the European average when it comes to gender equality in research,” says Jesper Simonsen, Executive Director of the Division for Society and Health at the Research Council.

Mr Simonsen is the chair of the new NordForsk programme. He emphasises that the unequal gender balance in research is a common challenge for the Nordic countries and that the best solution is to cooperate on measures to remedy the problem.

One to two centres will be funded
The call for proposals will be issued in early January and have an application deadline of 27 April 2016.

The programme plans to award funding for one or two Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE) in this area. The maximum amount of funding that may be sought is NOK 25 million.

The formal applicants must be research institutions in Finland, Iceland, Sweden or Norway, and the centres must involve cooperation between at least three Nordic countries.

Read more about the programme on NordForsk’s webpages.

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Published:
25.11.2015
Last updated:
09.12.2015